31 Replies to “Archery 101 – Aiming in Traditional Archery”

  1. what I found interesting and refreshing was, you don't make many cuts, you can really talk through 1 (sub-)subject altogether in one go, no in between cuts ;-). That's a good job, few people can do that.

    Apart from that, I came here with zero knwoledge of bows and still understood what you are saying, so, really well done ^^.

  2. Hmmm; the next time I go to my favorite indoor range, I'll take one (or both) recurves (a 40# @ 28" & a 50# @ 28"). ..looking forward to hitting the target at 10 yards, really!…

  3. From Canada Ontario, been shooting for 40 years. Owner of Kawartha Traditional Archery Center been going at it for 10 years and Walker's Traditional Archery much longer. Very nice informative videos thankyou. Trad needs so much support up here. My place at KTAC has lessons, rental 3D and field ranges and shop. Checking out all your videos thank you.

  4. I am currently experimenting with the "eastern way": I load the arrow to the side where my drawing hand is, and a little after release, I flick my bow stave holding hand's wrist to remove the bow stave from the way of the arrow, thus reducing archer's paradox. This is how Japanese and Mongolian traditional archers shoot.

  5. hey when i watch traditional archers in my country (we shoot bows without shelfs and bla bla) most of them shoots instinctive and i started with aiming with arrow but i changed instinctive, i think a aiming with arrow is harder with bow without shelf, do you agree with me?

  6. Great description of those methods. Having an open mind to change is rare in some people. Expand on the experience, it's fun and educational. Great job again.

  7. I have copped a lot of flack over the years for how I was taught to shoot by my grandfather over 50 years ago. I've only recently seen it described as fixed crawl, basically consisting of a fixed point on the string, about 30 yards in my case, shooting 3 under much like string walking but sort of gap shooting from that fixed point. I've found it to be as fast as instinctive and as accurate as string walking out to about 50 yards. There's a video by a young bloke named Matt Zirnsak I think, called The Push that explains it better than I've ever been able to.
    I've tried so many styles over the years, as you do when you're experimenting, but always come back to it as my preference.

  8. tell me please where the string should be when i am at full draw? in te center of the bow? or somewhere on right (for right handed archer) or in line with the arrow so the arrow is "Hidden" behind the string?? just starting shooting traditional and have a problem with left and right (more left) issues.

  9. This part about split vision actually made sense. I thought I shot insinctively with my Oneida but appearantly I shoot split vision.

  10. Hey great stuff! also tune in to Clay Hayes great traditional shooting stuff and much more adventure and building. top notch

  11. I have heard of face walking also. I saw a youtube video of hunter who combined string walking and gap. He used it for hunting from the trees shooting on deer 25 m away. See if I can find the youtube video.

  12. Very good video. I am aiming for the split vision (pun intended). I read about it in Hunting the Hard Way by Howard Hill, that it was his way of aiming. Howard Hill, also says in his book that he was only good enough to hunt with longbow. That Recurve bows were not forgiving enough. I am not sure what he meant by that? Could you make a video about that subject. What did he mean? The Book is from 1953. Is it still true ?

  13. Good discussion. Nice enthusiasm. I suspect we all teach our nervous systems by using the gaps we see until we develop accuracy providing our form dose not deviate shot to shot. (Which is why we should develop consistent form before we can develop consistent accuracy). After we start hitting spot on at a given distance we probably fall by nature and self trust into what you called split vision and that perverts into what we like to call instinctive because we can't explain to anybody how it happens , our nervous systems are so well conditioned with repetition that it just knows. Indeed if we are in a live fire situation with a game animal and we lose confidence and try to think it out our brain will override our well trained nervous system and we'll surely goof it up. Thanks again for you input . Nice video.

  14. I loved what you said about the methods of aiming it when about to shoot at the target. I just received my new bow and have ordered some items I will need to use it. The next thing I have to do today is get some arrows locally along with the gloves I need to shoot it as soon as possible.

  15. I found split vision and point of aim to be the most consistent and comfortable for me. work in progress. Thanx for the video, love and laughter o

  16. I too, am a lefty that shoots right handed. I got a bow for Christmas, in 1976, and learned how to shoot it, but it was right handed.
    I bought a left handed bow decades later, and the concept of shooting an arrow with my left hand seemed no do-able for me. I gave it to someone.

  17. Other than instinctive aiming the most important skill by far is range determination/estimation because with Gap and String Waling it's based on knowing how far the target is. Because in order to determine how far up and down the string you need to draw at you need to know the distance. Unless your at a competition where the distances are know to you.

  18. Hello! I found this very interesting. I literally know zero about archery, but find the sport fascinating. I live in rural West Cork, Ireland and have no idea of the legality of owning archery equipment (there are certainly no clubs within at least 3 hours drive from me), but with all the vast space and forestry around me, need to investigate if I would be breaking any laws if I bought equipment.

  19. Lasted approx 3 minutes…. but sorry Dude. Your Deer-in-headlights stare, EMPHASIZING at the wrong times and you over agitated body language means your cats are getting it.

  20. Hello Greg,
    Firstly I want to thank you not only for this video, but for ALL! BIG FAN of yours.
    I am absolute beginner! I did a videos of my last shooting session and I would love to receive some critic and tips.
    I was trying for a while but I can not group the arrows. I know that the bow is probably a bit heavy for me – it is 30# Samick Sage. I feel like I have a problem with the release too…
    The arrows I use are not great either ( leisure fiberglass 30" – waiting delivery of some other, which I decided would be better for my measures and bow…)
    You can see where I aim – a sign in the front right sight.
    Also, can you advice me what would be the best camera position for observing my form?
    BTW – everyone that wants to help is very welcome!
    Thanks in advice

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